Thermo-Hygrometer From BudgetGadgets – Review and Giveaway!

Published by on July 17, 2009 under Product Reviews and Giveaways

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Hi all! First I’d like to thank BudgetGadgets for sending us two of these cute thermo-hygrometers – one for you and one for us to review and show it to you in detail.
I’m sure most of you had or have a thermo-hygrometer in your home and use to check the temperature and humidity from time to time, and that’s great, because this will help you leave the right comment after finishing reading our review, and get a chance to win this device. Others have probably already seen such devices in friends’ homes, but were never curious to know more about what it can do and how it would help improve your life.
Well, things are very simple when it comes to thermo-hygrometers. You can find these in different shapes and sizes, most of which being designed to be attached on the wall.

The thermo-hygrometer here has a different design though, coming in a round, slim and small shape, which not only allows you to set it on a desk near the computer, or in your office, close to the picture frame of your family members, but being so small to not occupy much space you can hide it in any corner if you don’t want it to be visible.
The other option is to attach it on a wall, as it features a hooking hole in addition to the adjustable stand in the back, as you can see in the images.
Anyway, it would look cute in any place you set it, even as a decorating object.

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About thermo-hygrometers: Mechanical vs Electronic

Now I want to take you a bit deeper into the story of thermo-hygrometers and tell you a few general things about what they are and how they work.
A thermo-hygrometer is an affordable device that measures and displays the temperature and humidity levels in your room environment. With the temperature measurement everything should be clear, so let’s see what you should know about a hygrometer.
There are two types available on the market – mechanical and electronic hygrometers. You can differentiate between the two easily, as mechanical hygrometers have a pointer and dial display, while modern electronic hygrometers feature an LCD display for showing the temperature and humidity, and are powered by batteries.
Mechanical hygrometers can be found at half the price of electronic models and don’t require batteries to function.

I guess the final decision you make when choosing which one to buy is the overall look and price, because both function about the same.
If a mechanical model can stick sometimes if the humidity level doesn’t change for a long time, electronic ones can slow to respond to humidity changes.
When it comes to accuracy, mechanical hygrometers are very accurate once calibrated, while electronic hygrometers can become inaccurate in lower humidity ranges, such as below 30% RH.
The final aspect will probably make you go for a mechanical hygrometer. In case some become inaccurate you have the possibility to calibrate them easily, using common household tools, and by adjusting the pointer. It’s advisable to do this once a year.
Unfortunately, this is not the case of electronic hygrometers, which cannot be calibrated in any way.

The thermo-hygrometer that we prepared for you is a mechanical type and will really help you know when to change the rooms’ temperature and humidity during this hot summer.

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Why would you buy a hydrometer

Going further let’s see which are the top eight key reasons you should get a thermo-hygrometer:

1.Condensation on windows
2. Lots of molt on your walls and ceiling
3. Uncomfortable smells
4. Allergic reactions
5. Breathing problems
6. Electronic equipment and furniture damages
7. Asthma symptoms
8. Children’s health becomes affected

All of these problems appear if you stay too long in an environment with too high or too low humidity. Humidity is the amount of moisture in the air, and is measured as RH, which means Relative Humidity. Relative Humidity is the amount of moisture in the air relative to the maximum amount the air can hold at the current temperature in the room.
Recommended RH is between of 30% and 50% and the only way to find out what’s the level in your room is to add a hygrometer.

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Safe humidity levels

Our hygrometer here has three color indicators for the low, normal and high humidity levels, so it is ok to check it from time to time and make sure it indicates between 40% and 70% RH on the green range.
After setting it in one of your rooms, leave it for a while there, let’s say for about two hours, and then go and check it. If it indicates a humidity level within the blue range you can start using a humidifier to add more water vapors into the air. In case it raises above the normal limit you can simply turn on the air conditioning.

Calibrating a hygrometer

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I was telling you earlier about the calibration. As this is a mechanical termo-hygrometer you can easily calibrate it using the following items found in almost any home:

- 125ml of table salt
- 50ml of tap water
- a coffee mug
- a 5L zipper bag or a sealed pressure cooker.

Now, after making sure you got all of these, pour the 50ml of tap water and the 125ml of table salt into the coffee mug and stir for a minute or so, until it starts to mix. Don’t worry if the mix doesn’t homogenize.
Next, insert the coffee mug and the thermo-hygrometer into the 5L zipper bag and seal it. Then go to the pantry or other similar place and set the bag with the two items on a stand, away from sunlight and draft. Leave it there for about 10 hours and then come back to check the RH. If it shows about 75% it means the hygrometer is calibrated, if not you need to adjust it. To do that, you have to get a small screwdriver and insert it slowly in the lower hole on the back of the device to adjust the RH indicator to 75%. That’s it!

The review

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I personally had the chance to review the thermo-hygrometer from BudgetGadgets and I will enumerate the pluses and minuses from my point of view:

Pluses:
1. small size of 70 x 70 x 20 mm at 22 grams which allows you to get more of these for adding one in each of your home’s rooms
2. stylish white design that looks good in any room
3. clear reading via colored characters
4. it’s perfectly calibrated according to our test
5. adjustable stand to set on a desk
6. stability while set on the desk
7. the hooking hole allows you to attach it on the wall
8. very affordable and cost effective model
9. … and all the other benefits of mechanical thermo-hygrometers

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Minuses:
1. doesn’t come with a matching screwdriver for adjusting the temperature and humidity readings, so in case it becomes inaccurate after one year or so, you’ll have to use your own screwdriver
2. the adjustable stand on the back requires the use of a sharp object to be inserted to take it out

One for you

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We will give away one thermo-hygrometer like the one presented in the review images, where you can see how it looks in real, to one of you who will be randomly chosen.
It comes from BudgetGadgets, an online store from Shenzhen, China, where you can find not only this device, but various useful gadgets at the lowest prices ranging from $0.48 for a silicone iPod cases, to earphones, card readers, small home electronics, computer peripherals, and even netbooks computers that worth up to $377. That’s why it’s called BudgetGadgets. Oh, and another cool thing about it is the free shipping worldwide.

… and a coupon code

In addition to the giveaway we have a special coupon code so you can get your favorite items even for a lower price than they’re already available. Just browse BudgetGadgets, find some cool items and use the coupon code SM5OFF12 at the checkout to get 5% discount of your order. The shipping is free worldwide.

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How to win the thermo-hygrometer

To be the winner all you have to do is leave a comment telling us if you have ever had a thermo-hygrometer in your home, if you’d recommend it to friends, and why.
We’ll choose the winner on August 31 using the online randomizer at Random.org and publish his/her name after September 1.
Please leave your real email address before posting your comment as we’ll need it to contact you and ask for your name and address, in order to send you the prize.
Good luck!

The giveaway has ended! You can check the winner here.

The review is the personal opinion of Ladies’ Gadgets based on the experience with the sample product sent by Budget Gadgets, which is the only compensation we received.

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73 Replies to "Thermo-Hygrometer From BudgetGadgets – Review and Giveaway!"

  1. Wow… what a long article. :P

  2. Hehe, I had to force myself to stop writing. :rolleyes: It was fun to discover so many details about these tiny devices. I find them interesting and useful.
    You should leave a comment on the topic. Who knows… you might win. smile:

  3. Mike says:

    Thanks for the info on calibration. :rolleyes:

  4. Neah… I already have one at home… so I don’t want to take the chance from someone else. :P

  5. Stacy Edell says:

    Wow – a what?? lol. I’ve never had one, but think it looks interesting and would love to win :)

  6. That’s nice B.E., but you could make a nice gift to a friend.

  7. AppleMadman says:

    I also have one, but since I have more than one room… me, me, meee wants it :biggrin: ! :)

  8. Dana says:

    I haven’t used one, but I can use one in every room! I think that the stylish white design will look good in any of my rooms!
    That is too cool! :biggrin:

  9. Aik says:

    I don’t have any at home and would like to try this.

    smile:

  10. Dana says:

    If the hooking hole allows you to attach it on the wall, I can use it for my little-baby room! smile:

  11. Cabootique says:

    Never had one but I think it’d be brilliant to try!

  12. See… there are people that wants it more than me. :P

  13. susan varney says:

    never had one but would love to have one

  14. Susan, I’ve deleted your email address from your comment so you won’t receive tones of spam. Don’t worry, I got it.

  15. d.e. manning says:

    it looks like a neat and inexpensive gadget never tried one out.

  16. MRS.MOMMYY says:

    never

  17. Jennifer M. says:

    I have never owned one. My dad had one outside when I was a kid and I looked at it to see if it might rain.

  18. allegro says:

    oh i would definitely recommend this! in our house its always air-conditioned or heated to the maximum. its always too dry or too humid and all you can do is argue about it.

  19. Bunny says:

    I’ve never had a thermo-hygrometer in my home – I’d never even heard of one until now! This would be a really great tool in my home! I would definitely recommend it to my friends with allergies and asthma, to help them make their homes more comfortable.

  20. Judith says:

    We had a thermo-hygrometer in our home when the children were babies – to make sure that our home wasn’t too hot or too cold or too dry. Not only did we recommend using a thermo-hygrometer to parents of newborns but we passed on our thermo-hygrometer to new parents when our children were older.

  21. Sherry says:

    I don’t have this at home and I am trying to get one. So it will be nice if I can win one. I blogged this at my blog to inform my readers.

  22. Susan K says:

    I don’t have one but now that I’ve read this article I want one. To check humidity levels we have a special glass receptacle with a snout filled with water that moves up or down. The gadget here seems much easier and accurate.

  23. Dana says:

    I really could use one in my daughter’s room. Friday I will give birth to my first baby, a daughter. I’ve never had this product, but I would like it!

  24. Congratulations, Dana!!!
    Thanks, Sherry! smile:

  25. John OBrien says:

    Yes, I’ve got one at home, would definitely recommend them, and would like this for my office.

  26. Monique Rizzo says:

    I dont have one, but would sure like to have one. Thanks for the chance.

  27. david basile says:

    i never relized all the uses for it wow

  28. Suzy says:

    I’ve never had a thermo-hygrometer in my home – I’d never even heard of one until I read about this write-up…and now really2 hoping to win one!!! :biggrin:

  29. TwinMom says:

    Cool gadget. I think every family should have this gadget.
    I’d like to have it one. :) Thanks.

  30. Informatics says:

    I don’t have one but after reading your article, I think I’ll need this gadget and everyone too.

  31. NetGirl says:

    Nice info here. I really want this for my home, so wish me win, ok?
    Thanks for the giveaway. smile:

  32. Jessica says:

    I’ve never had one but I’d really love to own one, I’d recommend one to anyone who likes the idea of controlling the humidity of their home.

  33. sarah says:

    never had one but i’d love it!

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  35. Heather H. says:

    I have never had one but I am interested in one.

  36. Michele P. says:

    I have never had one in my home, but it looks like something I can use. Even though here in Maine the weather rarely gets humid my home gets some of the unpleasant odors (the carpet actually feels damp) I get allergy symptoms, and just last night it was so oppressive that I had to turn on the ceiling fan to get the air circulating. It has been a very damp summer and I have no doubt that there is tons of humidity in the air-I would recommend this to a friend so they could protect against mold which is harmful in the home and can make you very sick.

  37. Dana says:

    I haven’t use one of this, and I could really test one, if I can win this contest! :biggrin:

  38. Sean says:

    Have never had a thermohygrometer, but would LOVE to try one out. I guess you could say I’m a gadget-junkie. I would definitely recommend one to a friend, as most of them are fellow junkies.

  39. Tania Bugnet says:

    I haven’t had a thermo-hygrometer in my home yet but I think I need one because my hubby is never sure where to set the humidity for us to be comfortable! This would most likely fascinate him endlessly! smile:

  40. Kimberly says:

    I do not have one in my home right now, but I had one in my last home because family memebers have breathing problems. We’ve only lived here 6 months, and I’ve been meaning to get a new one. Even if you don’t have any health reasons to need one, these are still great just to keep the room at an optimum comfort level. :biggrin:

  41. Melanie Fox says:

    I am excited!!

  42. Melanie Fox says:

    I am excited!! :biggrin:

  43. rebekah arnold says:

    no cant say I have ever had one myself but can remeber them being at my grandparents homes when I was a kid thanks for the giveaway!

  44. Dana R says:

    I have a very large barn type one of these for years. Dial is a good 10 inches. I calibration the hygrometer by taking it with me to the airport and get their info.As stated above, you don’t have to do this very often. It is interesting on how to calibrate it with salt/water/bag/pressure cooker, can you say “MacGyver”? smile:

    Like this small size one, and the dial/color.

  45. Rajee says:

    I dont have it but love to have it

  46. Kathy K says:

    I did have one, but didn’t know it! It was a digital model and it stuck to the ‘fridge with a magnet. It didn’t work very well, perhaps because our house is SO humid!

  47. jacque says:

    I never had one. I would like to try one though and I really enjoyed your article! Thanks!

  48. Bambi M says:

    Wow, I never knew how to calibrate a hygrometer before! My in laws have one in England, I’ll have to let them know how to check it now :)

  49. christopher h says:

    i’ve never had one, but would love to try it

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